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New Xperia Marshmallow beta coming next week; ability to transfer apps to SD card in tow

Sony will roll out a new Xperia Marshmallow beta build some time next week. According to the Japanese company, the update - which will bump the build number to 23.5.A.1.203 - includes as many as 400 fixes and improvements. From what is currently known, the update will introduce a new functionality that'll allow you to transfer all apps to your device's SD card. As for the fixes, the list includes solution to an 'Unknown call/private number' bug as well as Calendar app crashes. Needless to say, only devices participating in the Xperia Beta program - including the Xperia Z2 (D6503),...

Samsung announces Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition

Shortly after teasing it, Samsung has officially announced the limited edition Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition smartphone. Dressed completely in black, the device features gold detailing and a Batman logo on the back. "We are excited to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and offer a special edition of Galaxy S7 edge for fans of Injustice: Gods Among Us," the South Korean company said in a press release. "Samsung always seeks to provide the best mobile gaming experience for its users, and this partnership reinforces our commitment to the game's fans." Aside from the...

Chromecast Audio currently available for just £15 in UK

Google's Chromecast Audio dongle has received a price cut in the UK, where retailer Curry's PC World currently has the device listed for just £15, which translates into a solid 50% discount given that the Google Store is selling it for £30. The retailer is also offering the Google Chromecast at discounted rates - £25.00, down £5 compared to what Google is selling it for. However, other third-party retailers like Argos and Tesco are offering the same discount as well. In case you missed, recently, both Chromecast and Chromecast Audio received a $5 price cut in the US as...

Verizon HTC 10 set to receive new update starting May 27

If you are on Verizon and own an HTC 10, here's some news for you: a new software update will be rolling out to HTC 10 units on Verizon's network starting May 27. This was announced by HTC's VP of Product Management Mo Versi on Twitter. Verizon HTC 10 owners! We have the approval for the MR update that includes camera improvements and additional fixes. OTA to start tomorrow.— Mo Versi (@moversi) May 26, 2016 As for what changes the update will bring along, Versi mentions "camera improvements and additional fixes." Apparently, it's the same update that started rolling out to unlocked...

Deal: Buy HTC 10 and get RE Camera free

If you are an HTC fan and are in the market for a new smartphone, here is a deal for you: as part of its Memorial Day Sale, the Taiwanese company is offering an RE Camera unit for free with each purchase of its newest flagship smartphone the 10. Not only this, the RE Camera itself has been discounted by 60%. And if that's not enough, there's a 40% discount on accessories as well. The offer is only available in the US, and valid from 9 pm PT on May 26 to 11:59 pm PT on May 30. Head to the Source link below for more information on the deals. Source

Honor 7 and Honor 5X now come with a 60-day return policy in Europe

Huawei is so confident that its Honor sub-brand creates great phones that people don't want to part with that it's temporarily changing its returns policy on its European online store. The store is available in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland - so if you're in any of these countries you can buy an Honor direct from Huawei. And if you choose the Honor 7 or Honor 5X by June 8, you'll get a 60-day return window - but only in the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. That's much more than the usual 14-day period for...

Moto Z Droid Edition shows its back in leaked press renders, three color versions outed

It's already been revealed that this year Motorola will unveil a successor each for the Moto X Style and Moto X Play from 2015, yet this time around they will bear Moto Z branding. While the Moto Z Style and Moto Z Play will be available internationally (and possibly unlocked in the US), let's not forget about the company's ongoing partnership with Verizon for Droid-branded handsets. What you see below is the 2016 entry in the Droid hall of fame, the successor to the Droid Turbo 2 from 2015. It will probably be called Moto Z Droid Edition, and it's likely to share its specs with the Moto Z...

Skype 7.0 for Android brings a new tablet interface

The latest update for Skype's Android app introduces a Material Design style to tablets, following a similar revamp for phones from last year. In Skype 7.0 for Android, the tablet UI has been changed from the ground up. It's now complete with a floating action button, and a multi-pane view when you're using your tablet in landscape mode (as seen in the screenshot below). You can also send messages and files and check your latest conversations even while you're in a video or voice call. The new iteration of the app brings Skype's improved universal search to Android tablets too, which makes...

Samsung is still world's largest SSD maker

The latest report from storage market tracking company TrendFocus shows that Samsung remains the top dog in the SSD market. According to the report, a total of 30.77 million SSDs were shipped during Q1 2016, an increase of 32% from the same period last year. The company has over 40% market share and for Q1 2016 shipped 12.93 million SSDs compared to 9.42 million last year. SanDisk follows with 12.8% of the market while Lite-On is third with 11.4% market share. Samsung's SSD business includes not only selling products to PC makers like Lenovo, Apple and HP, but also directly to...

Samsung Galaxy C7 goes official as well - SD625 SoC, 5.7-inch display, and 4GB RAM

Following the Samsung Galaxy C5, the Galaxy C7 has been made official as well. The device is powered by Snapdragon 625 SoC with octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 506 GPU, and sports a 5.7 inch full HD display. The handset has 4GB RAM and comes in 32GB and 64GB expandable internal memory options. In terms of camera, the phone features a 16MP rear unit and an 8MP front shooter. A 3,300mAh battery (with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support) is there to keep the lights on. Measuring 156.6 x 77.2 x 6.7mm and weighing in at 165g, the Galaxy C7 runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow...

Upcoming Moto Z will have MotoMod modular case accessories

Lenovo is preparing to launch a follow-up to the Moto X range of smartphones with the soon-to-come Moto Z. The new flagship is going to sport interesting snap-on accessory cases, dubbed MotoMods, which today have been leaked by @evleaks Each case is semi-modular and has distinct function - there's one with an extra battery inside, while another will have stereo speakers and a built-in pico projector. The third one on the right is camera-oriented and has a dedicated camera sensor, lens and flash. Rumors suggest the range will consist of "adventure," "theater," "stereo," "power,"...

ZTE just launched a VR headset to go with Axon 7

The ZTE Axon 7, just announced today, boasts quite a serious flagship-grade specs sheet. And if you are aiming for the top, you better go all out, a lesson the Chinese OEM seems to be putting into practice with the ZTE VR. Details about the virtual reality headset are still mostly unavailable, but going by the official render ZTE has provided, there isn't really much room for surprises. It looks to be ZTE's take on the Samsung Gear VR - more or less a holder to place the Axon 7 a few inches away from your face and let it do most of the heavy lifting. Just like the Samsung Gear...

Samsung Galaxy C7 inspected by TENAA, feast on specs and photos

A week after the C5, the Samsung Galaxy C7 also passes through TENAA. This gives us nice, clean photos of the device and detailed, accurate specs. The phone boasts a 5.7" Super AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution. On it you'll get to watch a TouchWizzed version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with a roomy 4GB of RAM), which runs on an octa-core processor (Snapdragon 625 chipset according to rumors). Storage is a choice between 32GB and 64GB, a microSD is slot available too. Samsung Galaxy C7 (photos by TENAA) The Galaxy C7 will have a 16MP main camera with 1080p video capture...

The ZTE Axon 7 is now official and aiming for the big leagues

ZTE hasn't really been shy when it comes to the new Axon. Originally thought to bear the logical Axon 2 moniker, the device cleared TENAA all the way back in April and has been exciting fans with its specs and premium appearance since. Well, today, as promised, the device was finally made official as the ZTE Axon 7. That's a rather odd choice for a second in-line device with a 5.5-inch display, but hey, 7 seems to be the number to have this year, considering the Samsung Galaxy S7, upcoming iPhone 7 and perhaps even a Galaxy Note 7. ZTE Axon 7 Quartz Grey Odd naming...

New Apple patent might reinvent the walkie-talkie

Yes, you read it right and yes, the idea does sound silly on the surface. Still Apple has pulled off even stranger reinvention stunts in the past, so, we have to at least give the newly uncovered patent the benefit of the doubt. The document in question outlines a "Point-to-point ad hoc voice communication", which, taking into consideration the diagrams as well, seems to boil down to using a short range communication technology, like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to establish a voice link between individuals on a peer-to-peer basis. So, the walkie-talkie analogy is a perfect fit, but we can only...

Samsung Galaxy C5 official - 6.7mm thick, all metal mid-ranger

The Samsung Galaxy C5 just burst on the scene and online stores in China are already accepting pre-orders (the actual sales are scheduled to start on June 6). The Galaxy C5 is a slender metal mid-ranger, it's just 6.7mm thick. It also has a 5.2" Super AMOLED screen (1080p resolution) and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Home button below the screen is a fingerprint reader. Samsung Galaxy C5 in gold and rose gold You get a better camera than the A5 (2016), a 16MP f/1.9 shooter on the back and an 8MP f/1.9 camera on the front. The chipset is fairly similar - Snapdragon 617...

WhatsApp rated world's most popular Android messaging app; BBM least downloaded

According to a new report from digital analytics firm Similar Web - which analyzed Android data from a total of 187 countries - WhatsApp is the most popular app in the world, claiming 109 countries, or 55.6% of those surveyed. Some of the countries where the Facebook-owned messaging service leads are Brazil, Mexico, India, Russia, and many other countries in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The second spot was claimed by the Facebook Messenger app, claiming a total of 49 countries including Australia, Canada, and the US. So, in all, there are more than 150 countries...

5.7-inch LG Stylus 2 Plus unveiled in Taiwan

LG has announced the Stylus 2 Plus phablet in Taiwan, though announced may be an overstatement. Had it not been for a TENAA certification, the smartphone would have gone unnoticed for who knows how long. LG Stylus 2 Plus at TENAA (as LG G535) The Stylus 2 Plus is undoubtedly the better phablet, compared to the already announced Stylus 2. Its 5.7-inch display gets a proper FullHD resolution and the phone is powered by a more powerful chipset, the Snapdragon 430. This means an octa-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, versus half the number of cores in the Stylus 2. 3GB of RAM and...

Leak reveals Samsung is working on a Gear VR controller

The Oculus Rift shipped with an Xbox controller, soon the Samsung Gear VR will have a controller of its own too. Instead of reusing a console controller like the Oculus, Samsung designed a custom device. The advantage of going bespoke is that the controller snugly fits inside the Gear VR headset when not in use, making it easier to transport (and portability is the Gear VR's main advantage). The controller itself bears the Oculus logo and has a single analog stick, four action buttons and two shoulder buttons. It connects to the phone over Bluetooth and reportedly weighs a hefty 300g...